TEDxEvansville 2017 features the community’s ideas worth spreading

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11 speakers and one musical performance take the USI Performance Center stage Oct. 27

EVANSVILLE, IND. – Months of speaker curation and preparation have led up to this Friday’s TEDxEvansville event, which shares the community’s ideas worth spreading. The locally organized event – now in its third year – is centered around this year’s theme, Grow. It features eleven local speakers, a musical act and a handful of thoughtfully selected TED videos. This year’s crowd will be the largest in the event’s history, with a venue that seats 300. Several tristate-area companies and local university groups are using TEDxEvansville as an offsite team-building opportunity to learn and find inspiration. TEDxEvansville is noon to 5 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017, at the University of Southern Indiana’s Performance Center. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.TEDxEvansville.com.

WHAT: TEDxEvansville 2017

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017
Registration starts at noon; theatre guests seated by 12:45 p.m.
Live program runs 1-5 p.m.

WHERE: Performance Center on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana

For those unable to attend the event in person, a live stream of TEDxEvansville is available via a desktop computer or mobile device at www.TEDxEvansville.com.

TICKETS: $50 for general admission, $25 for students and $5 off each ticket for groups of five or more. Buy tickets online at www.TEDxEvansville.com.

TEDxEvansville 2017 Program Schedule

The 11 speakers were selected for their thought-provoking ideas and ability to convey them in a moving way. Talks are each less than 18 minutes in length. Here’s the schedule for this year’s event:

The times are approximate. 

1-2 p.m.

Workforce of Ability
Ben Trockman

Television and Creating My American Dream
Sarah Kluemper

Innovation from a Spark of Curiosity
Ryan Stephen Loehrlein

2-3 p.m.

Beyond the Science: Environmental Problems… Cultural Solutions
Paul K. Doss

The Art of Meetings
Lisa G. Wube

Video from TEDGlobal 2012

Live musical performance
Thunder Dreamer

3-4 p.m.

Syntax of Survival
Camea Davis

Cookies, Connections and Currency
Trent Engbers

Do Your Clothes Fit?
Mark Logan

Video from TED2016

4-5 p.m.

How a Beard and a Microphone Helped Me Connect
Jason Burton

Smart Apartments Will Transform How We live
Christopher DeSchamp

Tsunamis and Lifelines: Workforce Development in a Future Shocked World
Sue Ellspermann

TEDxEvansville is a volunteer-organized event

TEDxEvansville is organized by a volunteer group of Evansville-area community advocates, who are moved by the TED experience and committed to spotlighting bright minds and inspiring community members in the tristate who provoke meaningful conversations and change.

The community may access www.TEDxEvansville.com to view talks from past TEDxEvansville events and to learn more about other ways to get involved with TEDxEvansville, such as volunteering and sponsoring the event.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.